I can totally relate to the effect of sunlight on my bipolar symptoms. I dread the winters as well. I almost think of it like SAD but with mood escalating to mania in the summer instead of just 'normal'.
Anyone else relate or have any further information?
With me it seems to be the opposite. I love winter and get very depressed in summer. But Alex, it is strange how one's mood will affect interaction with others, daily routine, studies, level of caring, it's almost as if I become another person entirely.
(I have checked, it is not a multiple personality thing) My moods just seem to 'lead me.
Like when I was down a few weeks ago, I read all the posts and had some thoughts, but my contribution would have been a one liner, and nothing too positive either.
You know what I think will work Alex, is if you can move your study table to a window that lets light in, sit facing the window, or have the sun shine on your back?
And get some flowers on the table.
Hope you find the right solution
I live in the great Northwest,where we don't get a lot of sunshine 8 months out of the year. I bought a light box a couple years ago and it has worked wonders. You can buy them on Amazon relatively cheap. I would recommend it to anyone.
I have trouble when spring time comes around. I get all manicky. It feels like a natural tug on all the neurotransmitters. I feel great with so much energy. I work myself into a frenzy then I start to sizzle. I become aggitated and then the depression kicks in. It's like clockwork. Every time we forward the clocks...it ruins my inner clock. I think they call it March Madness for BP.
Thanks for the replies you guys.
I think I'm going to check amazon and talk to my doctor when I see her next.
She recomended full spectrum bulbs for my room....
which I think would help in addittion....
there are also gradual light boxes (I think if I remmebr hearing correctly)
Which would help me with gtting up in the morning (that can be quite a task for me)